New: ECLECTIC RANT:Protect Yourself from Scams This Holiday Season

By Ralph E. Stone
Monday December 16, 2013 - 08:02:00 AM

As a former Federal Trade Commission attorney and currently a volunteer for Consumer Action and Seven On Your Side, the consumer hotline for ABC-TV Channel 7, I have heard a wide range of scams that separated unsuspecting consumers from their money, especially during the holiday season. Below are a number of scams consumers should be aware of and things consumers can do to protect themselves. -more-

THE PUBLIC EYE: Boycott the Winter Olympics

By Bob Burnett
Friday December 13, 2013 - 03:10:00 PM

Beginning February 7th, the Winter Olympic Games will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Over the course of 16 days, 98 events will be held. In most circumstances our focus would be on high-level competition and international camaraderie. But we cannot ignore the deplorable Russian human-rights environment. That’s why Americans should boycott the 22nd Winter Olympics. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Jack Bragen
Friday December 13, 2013 - 03:06:00 PM

Post-traumatic stress is its own category of mental illness which doesn't have a genetic cause. Human beings were designed as sensitive and vulnerable organisms--we are easily damaged, and that includes psychological damage. -more-